Prescription for Murder
- The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Vol.4 review by CH
"I'm a doctor - and I want my sausages!" So says an impatient Geoffrey Palmer during a small but immortal role which found him take control at the cooker in the Fawlty Towers kitchen while chaos ensues elsewhere on the premises. Less know is his playing another doctor who knocks on the door with key information (heard on an early incarnation of an answering machine) while turbulent events take place during "Incident at Midnight" (1962), one of the many episodes of the Edgar Wallace Presents... series (complete with that insinutaing theme tune which was also recorded by The Shadows).
In an inspired setting, most of the action, and the sitting around, takes place in an all-night chemist's in the West End, where the white-coated dispenser on duty is none other than Warren Mitchell.
At the time, neither of these roles may have seemed worth going to the bother of getting the CV re-typed but time has vindicated them as astute character studies, vital to these 55-minute narratives. Bluff detectives in thick overcoats make their usual appearance, as do sultry women who feel no need of such garments (furs at most, shoulders soon prominent).
To say any more is unncessary except that money is involved - and a good mark of these series is that it is always to be found in an unexpected location.
This episode is a high point.
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